How to Clone Bootable CompactFlash Card Easily in Windows?

Posted by @Lily

September 12, 2018

A bootable CompactFlash card helps you boot the computer suffering from a system crash. Cloning bootable CF card is always necessary. Learn how to clone it easily in Windows from this page.

What is a bootable CompactFlash card?

A CompactFlash card (CF card) is an early memory card format developed by SanDisk. It is commonly used in PDAs, digital cameras and other portable devices as a storage medium. It employs flash memory technology to store data. As flash memory is non-volatile, the data stored on a CF card remains when a device is powered off.

A bootable CompactFlash card is a CF card with a compact operating system. It enables you to boot computers which have boot problems or suffer from system crashes, thus making further recovery measures feasible.

Why should you clone bootable CompactFlash card?

You have learned the use of a bootable CompactFlash card. You should clone bootable CompactFlash card because:

  • Although flash memory is non-volatile, it is much harder to recover data on a CF card than on a mechanical hard disk if there is data corruption or data loss. It is wise for you to clone bootable CompactFlash card to another place as backup.

  • After a period of use, there is less and less space available on a CF card. You need to transfer data to another place by copying bootable CompactFlash card.

Now you see the importance of copying bootable CompactFlash card. How to clone it easily in Windows?

How to clone bootable CompactFlash card easily in Windows?

To clone bootable CompactFlash card, you need a powerful bootable CF card duplicator—AOMEI Backupper Professional. It is an all-around Windows PC backup software which owns the features of system/disk/partition/files backup & restore as well as system/disk/partition clone. I’ll show you how to clone a bootable CF card in detail:

Step 1. Insert the bootable CF card into a card reader directly connected to your computer. Install and run AOMEI Backupper. Click “Clone” on the left pane and select “Disk Clone”.

Disk Clone

Step 2. Select the bootable CF card as the source disk and click “Next”.

Select Source Disk

Step 3. Select the destination disk where you plan to store the cloned data and click “Next”.

Select Destination Disk

Step 4. Confirm the operation and click “Start Clone”.

Start Clone


  • The destination disk will be completely overwritten. Backup the destination disk before you start clone if there are important data on it.

  • If you tick “Sector by sector clone” in Step 4, AOMEI Backupper will clone every sector on your bootable CF card no matter it is used or not, which will take more time and occupy more storage space.

  • If the destination disk is an SSD, you can tick “Align partition to optimize for SSD” in Step 4 to improve the performance of the SSD.

  • To boot from the bootable CF card, you need to change boot order in BIOS. You can also make a bootable CF card using “Create Bootable Media” feature in AOMEI Backupper.


When you want to clone bootable CompactFlash card next time, choose AOMEI Backupper to make it easy and quick. What’s more, with AOMEI Backupper Professional, you can clone hard drive via Command Prompt and solve the problem that cloned to new computer Windows 7 won’t boot. To protect and recover unlimited PCs within one company, please turn to AOMEI Backupper Technician.